Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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Chinese companies investing in Myanmar have ‘a lot of work to do’ to convince public

Transparency must be improved and deep concerns addressed, says former presidential adviser Aung Tun Thet after a raft of infrastructure deals are signed.

28 Jan 2020 - 10:30AM

Transparency must be improved and deep concerns addressed, says former presidential adviser Aung Tun Thet after a raft of infrastructure deals are signed.

Chinese companies investing in Myanmar have ‘a lot of work to do’ to convince public
China coronavirus: thousands left Wuhan for Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Tokyo before lockdown

4,000 people from Wuhan remain outside mainland China – but more people had travelled only as far as neighbouring Henan province in the days before the city’s lockdown.

27 Jan 2020 - 11:52PM

4,000 people from Wuhan remain outside mainland China – but more people had travelled only as far as neighbouring Henan province in the days before the city’s lockdown.

China coronavirus: thousands left Wuhan for Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Tokyo before lockdown
On the genetic and drug trail to contain the deadly coronavirus in China

HIV medications and genome sequencing are two technologies being used in response to the outbreak as scientists search for a vaccine and treatment.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:04PM

HIV medications and genome sequencing are two technologies being used in response to the outbreak as scientists search for a vaccine and treatment.

On the genetic and drug trail to contain the deadly coronavirus in China
‘Sorry about the tasty bat’: Chinese online host apologises for travel show dining advice as Wuhan virus spreads

Wang Mengyun says she had no idea the animals are a reservoir of disease when she filmed the programme in Palau three years ago.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

Wang Mengyun says she had no idea the animals are a reservoir of disease when she filmed the programme in Palau three years ago.

‘Sorry about the tasty bat’: Chinese online host apologises for travel show dining advice as Wuhan virus spreads
Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus death toll jumps

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

26 Jan 2020 - 9:25PM

US, France and Russia prepare to move citizens out of Wuhan, epicentre of the virus outbreak.

Chinese scientists race to develop vaccine as coronavirus  death toll jumps
China coronavirus: Wuhan leaders blamed for outbreak spread as death toll rises, hospitals beg for supplies

Doctor blasts slow response by local officials while state media reporter calls for ‘immediate’ removal of city leaders.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

Doctor blasts slow response by local officials while state media reporter calls for ‘immediate’ removal of city leaders.

China coronavirus: Wuhan leaders blamed for outbreak spread as death toll rises, hospitals beg for supplies
China sends hundreds of military medics to Wuhan coronavirus front line

In all, 450 specialists from armed forces sent in to epicentre to relieve hospital staff stretched by overwhelming caseload.

26 Jan 2020 - 3:55PM

In all, 450 specialists from armed forces sent in to epicentre to relieve hospital staff stretched by overwhelming caseload.

China sends hundreds of military medics to Wuhan coronavirus front line
Coronavirus infections surpass 1,900 as China appoints top-level team to manage crisis

President Xi Jinping says people from different ethnic groups and sectors must work together to control outbreak.

26 Jan 2020 - 3:56PM

President Xi Jinping says people from different ethnic groups and sectors must work together to control outbreak.

Coronavirus infections surpass 1,900 as China appoints top-level team to manage crisis
China and Myanmar’s growing closeness could help forge united front against international critics

Both sides are expected to support each other in areas such as the Rohingya crisis and Xinjiang following Xi Jinping’s visit.

20 Jan 2020 - 11:02PM

Both sides are expected to support each other in areas such as the Rohingya crisis and Xinjiang following Xi Jinping’s visit.

China and Myanmar’s growing closeness could help forge united front against international critics
Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up Myanmar visit with string of infrastructure deals, including strategic Indian Ocean port

Trip helps cement Beijing’s ties to its neighbour, which is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

19 Jan 2020 - 11:43AM

Trip helps cement Beijing’s ties to its neighbour, which is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up Myanmar visit with string of infrastructure deals, including strategic Indian Ocean port
Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar for visit that aims to cement ties

Chinese president is to meet the country’s de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss Belt and Road Initiative deals. Beijing has shown support for Myanmar’s government as pressure from the West grows about its treatment of the Rohingya minority.

18 Jan 2020 - 4:08AM

Chinese president is to meet the country’s de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss Belt and Road Initiative deals. Beijing has shown support for Myanmar’s government as pressure from the West grows about its treatment of the Rohingya minority.

Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar for visit that aims to cement ties
China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

17 Jan 2020 - 2:56PM

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’
China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security

Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin a two-day trip to Southeast Asian nation on Friday with hopes high he can help finalise details of a US$1.3 billion deal to develop Kyaukpyu port.

15 Jan 2020 - 10:03PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin a two-day trip to Southeast Asian nation on Friday with hopes high he can help finalise details of a US$1.3 billion deal to develop Kyaukpyu port.

China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security
Why fishing boats are on the territorial front lines of the South China Sea

A stand-off between China and Indonesia near the Natuna Islands highlights the growing role civilian fishing fleets play in national claims.

12 Jan 2020 - 11:17PM

A stand-off between China and Indonesia near the Natuna Islands highlights the growing role civilian fishing fleets play in national claims.

Why fishing boats are on the territorial front lines of the South China Sea
China starts work on US$97 million, 10,700 tonne civilian patrol vessel – its biggest ever

Ship commissioned by Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration expected to go to sea in September next year.

8 Jan 2020 - 11:34PM

Ship commissioned by Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration expected to go to sea in September next year.

China starts work on US$97 million, 10,700 tonne civilian patrol vessel – its biggest ever
Be vigilant, Chinese embassy in Jakarta says as fishing row adds to anti-Beijing sentiment

Jakarta sent vessels to defend its waters after entry by Chinese fishing boats and coastguard ships, with tensions already high after protests over China’s detention of Muslim minorities.

7 Jan 2020 - 10:22PM

Jakarta sent vessels to defend its waters after entry by Chinese fishing boats and coastguard ships, with tensions already high after protests over China’s detention of Muslim minorities.

Be vigilant, Chinese embassy in Jakarta says as fishing row adds to anti-Beijing sentiment
Marco Rubio urges US Congress to pass Uygur bill to counter China’s crackdown in Xinjiang

Republican senator says human rights issues should not be overlooked for the trade deal or ‘intermingled’ with geopolitical issues.

6 Jan 2020 - 11:16PM

Republican senator says human rights issues should not be overlooked for the trade deal or ‘intermingled’ with geopolitical issues.

Marco Rubio urges US Congress to pass Uygur bill to counter China’s crackdown in Xinjiang
Chinese President Xi Jinping to take over as host of ‘17+1’ summit with European leaders

Decision to replace Premier Li Keqiang at annual meeting reflects Beijing’s increased focus on Europe amid rising tensions with US, sources say.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:44PM

Decision to replace Premier Li Keqiang at annual meeting reflects Beijing’s increased focus on Europe amid rising tensions with US, sources say.

Chinese President Xi Jinping to take over as host of ‘17+1’ summit with European leaders
China, Iran should stand together against ‘unilateralism and bullying’, Wang Yi says

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells Iranian counterpart that US withdrawal from nuclear pact and sanctions are ‘sources of current tension’.

1 Jan 2020 - 11:26PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells Iranian counterpart that US withdrawal from nuclear pact and sanctions are ‘sources of current tension’.

China, Iran should stand together against ‘unilateralism and bullying’, Wang Yi says
Asean members up the ante on South China Sea amid code of conduct talks

Southeast Asian nations may also be seeking to coordinate their efforts as deadline for agreement with Beijing approaches in 2021.

29 Dec 2019 - 11:23PM

Southeast Asian nations may also be seeking to coordinate their efforts as deadline for agreement with Beijing approaches in 2021.

Asean members up the ante on South China Sea amid code of conduct talks
Executives detained in Taiwan amid spying claims seek help from Hong Kong

Xiang Xin and his wife Kung Ching, who were taken away by investigators on November 24, instruct lawyers to send letter to city’s representative office in Taipei.

28 Dec 2019 - 10:56PM

Xiang Xin and his wife Kung Ching, who were taken away by investigators on November 24, instruct lawyers to send letter to city’s representative office in Taipei.

Executives detained in Taiwan amid spying claims seek help from Hong Kong
China and Japan should not see each other as a threat, Xi Jinping tells Shinzo Abe

Chinese president welcomed Japanese prime minister to Beijing as relations between the two sides continue to thaw after years of tension.

24 Dec 2019 - 12:42AM

Chinese president welcomed Japanese prime minister to Beijing as relations between the two sides continue to thaw after years of tension.

China and Japan should not see each other as a threat, Xi Jinping tells Shinzo Abe
China eager to help break Japan-South Korea stalemate at summit and ease way to free-trade agreement

Annual summit in Chengdu will strengthen Beijing’s influence in East Asia and fill diplomatic void left by US, observers say.

23 Dec 2019 - 8:46AM

Annual summit in Chengdu will strengthen Beijing’s influence in East Asia and fill diplomatic void left by US, observers say.

China eager to help break Japan-South Korea stalemate at summit and ease way to free-trade agreement
China likely to push Japan on regional trade pact when Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet in Beijing

Japanese prime minister is meanwhile expected to raise Hong Kong and North Korea as well as human rights, after professor was detained on suspicion of spying.

22 Dec 2019 - 10:30PM

Japanese prime minister is meanwhile expected to raise Hong Kong and North Korea as well as human rights, after professor was detained on suspicion of spying.

China likely to push Japan on regional trade pact when Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet in Beijing
Beijing urges UN commission not to consider Malaysian claim in South China Sea

Chinese permanent mission the United Nations says neighbour has ‘seriously infringed on sovereignty, rights and jurisdiction’.

17 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

Chinese permanent mission the United Nations says neighbour has ‘seriously infringed on sovereignty, rights and jurisdiction’.

Beijing urges UN commission not to consider Malaysian claim in South China Sea
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for calm after man held over ‘bomb’ placed outside opposition party office weeks before election

Suspect is shot and detained by police after 13-hour stand-off in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

14 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM

Suspect is shot and detained by police after 13-hour stand-off in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for calm after man held over ‘bomb’ placed outside opposition party office weeks before election
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil faces backlash in China after attacking human rights abuses in Xinjiang

Former Germany international urged Muslims around the world to speak up about plight of Uygurs and other minority groups in far western region.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:39PM

Former Germany international urged Muslims around the world to speak up about plight of Uygurs and other minority groups in far western region.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil faces backlash in China after attacking human rights abuses in Xinjiang
China, Japan must rebuild trust after detention of ‘spy’ Nobu Iwatani, Japanese official says

Academics are concerned about travelling to China in wake of professor Nobu Iwatani’s two-month detention, aid agency director Koji Fujiya tells forum in Beijing.

12 Dec 2019 - 6:22PM

Academics are concerned about travelling to China in wake of professor Nobu Iwatani’s two-month detention, aid agency director Koji Fujiya tells forum in Beijing.

China, Japan must rebuild trust after detention of ‘spy’ Nobu Iwatani, Japanese official says
China’s rare nod for Korean war film seen as boost to nationalism

The Battle of Triangle Hill is known in China as a victory against foreign aggressors.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

The Battle of Triangle Hill is known in China as a victory against foreign aggressors.

China’s rare nod for Korean war film seen as boost to nationalism
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says Beijing will back Myanmar to resolve its problems

In talks with leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges country to push forward infrastructure projects under China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:57PM

In talks with leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges country to push forward infrastructure projects under China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says Beijing will back Myanmar to resolve its problems